|What is Budokan?|
A MULTI-PURPOSE SPORTS COMPLEX TO BE BUILT IN LITTLE TOKYO
A multi-purpose sports and activities center to be built in Little Tokyo.
"The Budokan of Los Angeles (BoLA) is a community-driven project that will become a magnet for Japanese Americans --young and old-- from throughout Southern California."
Alan Kosaka, Chair
Budokan Capital Campaign
Located on Los Angeles Street, between 2nd and 3rd streets, just north of the Little Tokyo Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, BoLA is the realization of a collective vision to build a recreation and community space in downtown Los Angeles.
The Little Tokyo Service Center, a community development and social service organization, spearheaded the project's development and acquired site control of property valued at $7million from the City of Los Angeles in 2011.
Working with architectural design firm, Gruen & Associates, the key features of BoLA are:
Two regulation basketball courts
Wood flooring and 4 basketball backboards donated by the Los Angeles Lakers
With superimposed striping for volleyball
16,000 square feet of contiguous open space intended for martial arts tournaments and other sports activities
Rooftop Garden Park
Green space and performance area
Event space to accommodate 300-500 person banquet/reception
Two community rooms for classrooms and meetings
Outdoor terrace with Children's play area
Gold Level LEED certified, environmentally sustainable development
Design by Gruen & Associates